Meet our board
Below is a list of our Board of Directors.
Guru Naidoo – Chair
Guru started his career at Middlesbrough Borough Council, where he spent 18 years in various personnel development roles, before spending two years as the City of York’s organisational development manager. For 15 years, Guru was the Business Support Director and Company Secretary for Broadacres Housing Association. Guru is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
After his retirement, Guru sought opportunities to continue to help the public, and joined the Board of Catalyst in 2014, and was appointed as Chair of the Board in 2016, where he continues to push Catalyst to strive for excellence in all facets of the organisation.
Lesley Cooke – Vice Chair
Claire Fawcett – Treasurer
Steve is a retired Local Government Manager/Welfare Rights Officer. Steve is an active member of Stockton Borough’s wider community. Steve has dual roles as Councillor for Norton North Ward and also Cabinet Member for Access, Communities & Community Safety. Steve is a Governor at Fredrick Nattrass School. He is the chair of Stockton’s Safer Stockton partnership and also Stockton’s Taxi Trade Liaison Meetings.
As well as all of this Steve is a Director of Thirteen Housing Group and also on the board of FRADE; a furniture re-use charity. He is an experienced Board member of Catalyst and has a particular interest in ensuring that the Stockton Volunteers project is performing at its best.
Bill Williams is formerly a head of science at a comprehensive school, who joined the NHS in 1990 working in general practice. Bill moved to the North East in 2003 to set up the Arrival General Practice in Stockton, with his son as GP.
Bill currently holds the contract for delivery of medical services at the practice, which is largely for Refugees and Asylum seekers. The Arrival Practice also engages in various activities in association with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector to improve the health and wellbeing of this socially excluded, vulnerable group of people.
This connection with the voluntary sector has made Bill increasingly aware of the scope of work that so many people give their time and expertise to deliver. The opportunity to shape and support this through the Board of Catalyst Stockton allows Bill to further fulfil his passion for helping people in need.
Oliver established his business – Change & Transformation – four years ago, where he delivers transformational change programmes to organisations of all sizes across the UK. An expert coach and facilitator, Ollie has been working in organisational development since University where he rose to the top of student organisation AIESEC as International President based in Brussels.
After a number of years working at Raleigh International heading up their Youth At Risk team (and becoming a key member of the board) Oliver moved to Common Purpose where he quickly moved through the ranks to Managing Director of their Customised Business.
Oliver joined the Board in 2016, and is passionate in using his expertise to help Catalyst bring the VCSE sector together.
Chris has worked in the housing sector for 15 years, with experience of housing management, customer engagement and regeneration, most recently leading teams aspiring to deliver excellent services to customers. Chris is currently the Senior Neighbourhoods Manager for Thirteen, with responsibility for Stockton and Darlington. Thirteen is a caring landlord and housing developer, providing homes for rent and sale.
Chris has a vision for Catalyst to act as an innovative connector, to effectively join the dots between the voluntary sector to add the greatest value to the people of Stockton.